• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city.

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind. 

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!



Early humans may have crossed into Europe far earlier than previously thought, say researchers who have found the oldest recorded stone tool in Turkey.

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The Hubble Space Telescope’s 1995 image, called “Pillars of Creation”, achieved iconic status when it was released. Now, 20 years later, there’s a new version.

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It’s a new year and another opportunity to host some exciting events for our visitors.

Our February schedule showcases the best of what Maropeng has to offer – education,… Read more

If you haven’t yet experienced the luxury and the beauty of the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, make sure 2015 is the year you do.

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